UFC Mamaroneck Expands Space and Kids' Offerings

UFC Mamaroneck Expands Space and Kids' Offerings

Dean Bellantoni, the owner of UFC Gym Mamaroneck, decided to expand the gym’s space and offerings for kids this year because he needed more room to offer the kinds of programming he knew his own kids liked most. The gym’s new space will allow kids ...

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New York French American Charter School in Harlem Expands Offerings

New York French American Charter School in Harlem Expands Offerings

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, the New York French American Charter School added grades 6 and 7 to expand its lower and elementary schools. To further expand its offerings, the school partnered with educational curriculum provider G...

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What’s Open in NYC on Christmas Day

What’s Open in NYC on Christmas Day

Christmas day is a wonderful time to explore the attractions of the New York City area. While some places close for the holiday, lots of spots are open to enjoy and are great for kids of all ages.

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Occupational Therapist in Rye Ridge Expands Sensory Gym

Occupational Therapist in Rye Ridge Expands Sensory Gym

The Therapy Nest, an occupational therapy provider in Rye Ridge, doubled the size of its sensory gym (from 750 to 1650 square feet), this October, to accommodate more children in the Westchester area. The larger space features a waiting room that f...

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Nail Salon With Supervised Playroom Opens in Flushing

Nail Salon With Supervised Playroom Opens in Flushing

Moms of young children know: Life can get crazy and overwhelming and sometimes its impossible to remember the last time they had a moment of pure relaxation. If you're looking for self-care time in Queens, Nails By Judes opened this November in Flu...

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6 NYC Staycations Your Family Will Love

6 NYC Staycations Your Family Will Love

‘Tis the season to stay in town! That’s because New York City has some of the best staycation options—and we don’t mean a visit to the Met or a chilly walk through Central Park. In fact, once we started thinking outside the box, we discovered some ...

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NYC Will Host First-Ever National Student Entrepreneurs Summit This April

NYC Will Host First-Ever National Student Entrepreneurs Summit This April

The first-ever National Student Entrepreneurs Summit will be held on April 18, 2020 at the Colden Center at Queens College of the City University of New York. The event space holds over 2,000 people, making it the largest indoor space in the boroug...

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MAD Donut Shop and Mrs. Claus Storytimes Now Open at The Westchester

MAD Donut Shop and Mrs. Claus Storytimes Now Open at The Westchester

The White Plains-based doughnut shop MAD Donuts will open in The Westchester on Nov. 23. The doughnuts are fresh, handmade, and come in a variety of flavors that range from classics like glazed and chocolate to unique flavors like lemon meringue an...

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9 Unique Ways Your Kid Can Earn Scholarships for College

9 Unique Ways Your Kid Can Earn Scholarships for College

For many parents, nothing is more important than ensuring their kids receive a college education. But with the cost of private colleges–and even out-of-state public colleges–already sky-high, affording college can seem difficult if not impossible. ...

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16-Year-Old Charles Kolin Spearheads Initiative to Get Unity Day Recognized by Congress

16-Year-Old Charles Kolin Spearheads Initiative to Get Unity Day Recognized by Congress

Charles Kolin, a junior at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT, has overcome bullying to spearhead an initiative that will hopefully result in Unity Day being officially recognized by Congress as a day for students to come together in support of k...

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747 Sensory-Friendly 'Santa Cares' Events Happening Across the Country This Season

747 Sensory-Friendly 'Santa Cares' Events Happening Across the Country This Season

This year, Autism Speaks and Cherry Hill Programs have partnered to offer 747 sensory-friendly “Santa Cares” events across the country where kids with autism and other sensory-related special needs can enjoy meeting Santa and getting into the holid...

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Red Panda Cubs Make Their Debut at the Prospect Park Zoo

Red Panda Cubs Make Their Debut at the Prospect Park Zoo

Two male red panda cubs are soon to make their public debut at Prospect Park Zoo! They were born over the summer and are now strong enough to venture into their habitat with their mother, Willow, who has been caring for them in an indoor den since ...

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Macy's Announced Lineup and What's New for the 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Announced Lineup and What's New for the 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s recently announced the official lineup of the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, including musical guests, performance groups, the participating marching bands, the character balloons, floats, clowns, and more. The parade will be he...

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The Bloomingdale's Flagship Holiday Exhibit is ‘Out of This World’

The Bloomingdale's Flagship Holiday Exhibit is ‘Out of This World’

This year’s Bloomingdales “Out of This World” holiday campaign is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and will feature holiday windows, themed gift shops, in-store experiences, and a performance from John Legend, who will gift shop...

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Walt Whitman Shops Unveils New “Santa Set” for Families This Holiday Season

Walt Whitman Shops Unveils New “Santa Set” for Families This Holiday Season

Walt Whitman Shops has revealed that a brand-new Santa Set display will be part of this year’s holiday festivities that will allow families to have all kinds of fun while visiting with Santa throughout the season. The ‘Illuminated Holidays’ Santa S...

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Bowlero Bowling Alley Comes to Mineola

Bowlero Bowling Alley Comes to Mineola

The AMF Sheridan Lanes bowling alley in Mineola has been transformed into Bowlero Mineola, Long Island's third Bowlero location, and will offer the ultimate entertainment experience for the whole family with unique bowling, an interactive arcade, a...

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Head to Empire Outlets for Family Programming Throughout the Holiday Season

Head to Empire Outlets for Family Programming Throughout the Holiday Season

Empire Outlets in Staten Island, when fully complete, will contain 340,000 square feet of shopping paradise that includes designer outlet stores, restaurants and cafes, and relaxation spaces–and it will be the city’s first outlet destination. Empir...

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New STEAM-Focused Preschool Center Will Open in Corona in Fall 2021

New STEAM-Focused Preschool Center Will Open in Corona in Fall 2021

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson, and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza recently announced that a new STEAM-focused, state-of-the-art, 306-seat Pre-K Center will open in Corona in the fall of 2021 in partnership with...

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3 Important Ways Vaping Impacts Your Kid’s Health

3 Important Ways Vaping Impacts Your Kid’s Health

Vaping has exploded in the teenage population around the country. Although these products were originally designed as alternatives for adults who already smoke traditional cigarettes, fun flavors, a perceived cool aesthetic, and the promise of “saf...

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Andersons Larchmont Launches 'Holiday Wish List' Program

Andersons Larchmont Launches 'Holiday Wish List' Program

Holiday shopping can be time consuming, stressful, and tedious–not to mention expensive. This year, Andersons Larchmont bookstore has launched a “Holiday Wish List” program that will help families keep their shopping stress free, local, and guarant...

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New Baking Studio and Party Space Opens in Gowanus

New Baking Studio and Party Space Opens in Gowanus

Baking enthusiasts, grab your aprons! Plum & Honey, a new culinary studio and event space, is now open on 9th Street and 2nd Avenue in Gowanus! It features baking classes for kids and adults led by Pastry Chef Katie Rosenhouse, formerly of Buttermi...

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Local Moms Launch D.I.Y. Slime Shop in Larchmont

Local Moms Launch D.I.Y. Slime Shop in Larchmont

Stacey Sarver and Nicole Fiftal of Mamaroneck and Larchmont–two moms who know that kids love slime, but parents hate the mess that comes with it–just launched D.I.Y. Slime, a one-of-a-kind shop dedicated to making slime. The shop will provide kids ...

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How to Fully Secure Your Home This Holiday Season

How to Fully Secure Your Home This Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, apartment doormats and front stoops will soon be stacked with packages—and that means “porch pirates” will be out in full force. Many of us will be traveling, leaving our homes unattended, during the holida...

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New Data Shows Kids Are Struggling with Reading—How You Can Help

New Data Shows Kids Are Struggling with Reading—How You Can Help

If your child is having a hard time learning to read or you’re worried she might fall behind, the Nation’s Report Card scores released yesterday aren’t great news. An alarming percentage of students in fourth and eighth grades are indeed struggling...

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Kids Can See Broadway Shows for Free on February 25, 2020

Kids Can See Broadway Shows for Free on February 25, 2020

The Broadway League announced that kids will be able to see Broadway shows for free during a Kids’ Night on Broadway on February 25, 2020. The event is open to kids 18 and younger accompanied by a full-paying adult. Scoring a Kids’ Night on Broadwa...

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Why Your Teenager Is Driving You Crazy

Why Your Teenager Is Driving You Crazy

You probably know that some bad behavior often comes with having a teenager–whether it’s making choices without regard to consequences, questioning authority (aka parents and teachers), or just become more distant. This makes it a challenging time ...

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Do You Need a Special Education Attorney?

Do You Need a Special Education Attorney?

You know when your child with special needs isn’t receiving the education that is right for him. Maybe he’s struggling in a class that’s not a good fit. Perhaps he’s not receiving the supports and services he’s entitled to outside of class. He migh...

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Why Are Parents Still Refusing to Vaccinate?

Why Are Parents Still Refusing to Vaccinate?

New York City's biggest measles outbreak in almost 30 years ended in September, according to Health Department officials, but the argument about vaccinations is still raging. Headlines in the media, warnings at doctor's offices, regulations by scho...

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The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

The Winter Village at Bryant Park Opens Oct. 31

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, home to holiday shops, an ice rink, a bar and food hall, and so much more winter fun for the whole family, opens at 12pm Thursday, Oct. 31 for the 2019/2020 season. This NYC holiday favorite is home to...

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One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

One Manhattan Teacher Will Win a $100,000 FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence

The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence launched on Oct. 23 and will recognize and celebrate one extraordinary Manhattan public school teacher with a $100,000 prize–and $20,000 for his or her school. Four finalists will also receive $10,000 each and...

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Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

Wegmans Opens In New York City On Oct. 27

Wegmans, the grocery store with a fan club, is slated to open on Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn on Oct. 27. This location will be the first Wegmans in NYC, and what New York family doesn't love trying a new grocery store? The 74,000-square foot superm...

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Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

Groups Launch #SaveCDPA Coalition to Preserve Program for New Yorkers with Special Needs

More than a dozen New York organizations committed to preserving the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, a Medicaid program that allows individuals with special needs receive care from family members, on the morning of October 23. Right ...

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NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

NYC’s Largest Food Drive Is Now Accepting Donations for the Holidays

Right now 1.2 million New Yorkers are struggling with food insecurity, and this will continue through the holiday season, when people are supposed to be sharing the love through family and plentiful food. To combat this issue, City Harvest has laun...

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Sandbox Playground and Sandbox, Powered by Related Kids’ Makerspaces Now Open in Chelsea

Sandbox Playground and Sandbox, Powered by Related Kids’ Makerspaces Now Open in Chelsea

The Zaha Hadid Building at 520 W. 28th St. in Chelsea unveiled Sandbox Playground, a “STEAM-focused innovation lab” for community kids to explore, on October 3. Kids who live in the building also have access to a residential makerspace that allows ...

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3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

3 Ways to Get Involved in Hindi’s Libraries and Give Back Through Books

Shortly after Hindi Kanarfogel passed away from complications of Crohn’s disease last year, her husband Dovid Kanarfogel and Leslie Gang teamed up to create Hindi’s Libraries and carry on Hindi’s book-loving, child-focused legacy. The nonprofit col...

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You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

You Can Now Nominate Your Kids’ Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

Nominations for the eighth annual Big Apple Awards are now open, says New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza–and you can nominate your kids’ favorite teachers and counselors through December 2. The Big Apple Awards is a citywide recognit...

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The NYPD Shares How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

The NYPD Shares How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

The New York City Police Department wants to remind you that Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for children, but parents should be aware of the potential risks that can affect children who are not supervised properly.

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Your Child’s American Girl Doll Can Receive Check-Ups at the American Girl Place in NYC

Your Child’s American Girl Doll Can Receive Check-Ups at the American Girl Place in NYC

At the new American Girl Doll Hospitals in New York City and Chicago, kids can bring their dolls in for checkups, dental care, surgery, repairs, and more. This interactive play experience is designed to broaden the scope of how kids can play with t...

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Stony Brook University's New Children's Hospital Is Complete

Stony Brook University's New Children's Hospital Is Complete

Stony Brook University celebrated the opening of the new Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on October 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This new hospital will expand Stony Brook’s capacity to meet kids’ health needs across Long Island. The hospital ...

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NYC Advocates Demand ‘Immediate Action’ to Overhaul Special Education Complaint System

NYC Advocates Demand ‘Immediate Action’ to Overhaul Special Education Complaint System

This is part of an ongoing collaborative series between Chalkbeat and THE CITY investigating learning differences, special education and other education challenges in city schools.

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Check Out East Midtown’s 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat Celebration This Halloween

Check Out East Midtown’s 5th Annual Trick-or-Treat Celebration This Halloween

On October 31, Midtown East’s Halloween celebration for families returns for its fifth year, complete with trick-or-treating, face painting, a spooky photo booth, costume contests, and more. More than 90 local businesses are expected to participate...

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WeWork’s Private School in NYC Will Close After This School Year

WeWork’s Private School in NYC Will Close After This School Year

HuffPost reports that WeGrow, WeWork’s private Manhattan school for kids ages 3-9 that opened in 2018, will close after this school year. WeWork has faced tumult recently in the aftermath of a failed IPO, an investor exodus, and a takeover announce...

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Celebrate the Premiere of ‘Frozen II’ at Saks Fifth Avenue in November

Celebrate the Premiere of ‘Frozen II’ at Saks Fifth Avenue in November

There’s no Disney musical more important to today’s little ones than Frozen. The film’s much anticipated sequel Frozen II premieres on November 22, and Disney is teaming up with Saks Fifth Avenue to host an Enchanted Forest Experience that will del...

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Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

Bronx Zoo Debuts Endangered Dholes in New Exhibit

The Bronx Zoo just announced its newest furry friends, a pack of three male dhole, a species of Asiatic wild dog. The fox-like, endangered animal will reside adjacent to the Himalayan Highlands at the zoo. The three dholes are siblings and were bor...

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6 Accessible Halloween Costume Lines for Kids with Special Needs

6 Accessible Halloween Costume Lines for Kids with Special Needs

Between sensory overstimulation while trick-or-treating to costumes that just don’t work, Halloween can feel more trick than treat for kids with special needs. And there’s nothing more worrisome for parents than wondering whether their child is hav...

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The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

The 2020 NYC High School Admissions Process Has Begun

This year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza simplified the high school admissions process by eliminating the second round of applications students used to be responsible for each cycle. This year’s cycle wi...

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New Sesame Street Initiative Helps Kids Understand Addiction

New Sesame Street Initiative Helps Kids Understand Addiction

Sesame Street will return for its 50th season this year and has just launched a new initiative, Sesame Street in Communities, which offers supplemental content designed for kids–who are often unseen victims of addiction–for free to providers, paren...

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How to Tour Colleges with Your Kids–And Stay on Budget

How to Tour Colleges with Your Kids–And Stay on Budget

Beginning to look into colleges can be overwhelming for both you and your teen. It can be even more overwhelming if your child’s dream schools are far away, cost an arm and a leg to stay nearby, and come with hefty price tags if she does get in. Bu...

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U.S. News & World Report Names Montefiore Nyack Hospital a High Performing Hospital for COPD

U.S. News & World Report Names Montefiore Nyack Hospital a High Performing Hospital for COPD

Montefiore Nyack Hospital has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making info...

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Sylvan In-Home and Books of Wonder Teamed Up to Donate 100 Books to Kids in Pediatric Care

Sylvan In-Home and Books of Wonder Teamed Up to Donate 100 Books to Kids in Pediatric Care

This fall, Sylvan In-Home teamed up with Books of Wonder to donate 100 books to Reach Out and Read of Greater New York, an organization that provides books to children in pediatric care. Sylvan’s in-home tutoring service purchased 100 books selecte...

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